My Church, Friars Baptist in Shoeburyness, has recently started partnering with One Love Southend. This is an organisation that reaches out to the homeless and poor in the town. I went along on Tuesday to help out with the weekly outreach from the church which provides cheap reheatable cooked meals (free for children). There are also very cheap clothes for children, reduced price canned goods and sanitary products.
It reminded me of how many people there are in our community that are in financial need, something exacerbated by Covid. And people, Christian and otherwise, who are determined to make a difference, often at personal cost. It’s great too that the church can play a part.
In Syria 🇸🇾, Open Doors supports a network of “Centres of Hope” run by local churches. These provide food and other support for those in places like Aleppo who have lost so much in the Civil War there. But also much more, like educational opportunities. Reaching out into their communities, based on need, regardless of background. And this is just one national example of persecuted christians around the world reaching out to their neighbours.
The One Love Project at our church is open for a couple of hours but a whole day’s work and more is involved setting up, preparing and clearing up. A similar amount of effort is involved in the “Centres of Hope”. And after years of doing this, many of the volunteers are very tired but motivated to make a difference. Please remember them.
This week I’ve done a couple of radio interviews about 60@60. I will be on UCB2 Radio on Monday morning talking to Abi Gregory largely about doing things at 60. I’ve also recorded something for Premier but not sure when that will be aired. I’m grateful to both stations for the opportunity.
This week I’ve been trying to recover from the walk. The feet are fine but despite lots of sleep I’m really really tired at the moment. Wisdom needed! But a couple more activities planned this weekend. Nearly 50 completed!
A quick reminder that I’m just over £1 500 short of the target. If you are able to give anything to support amazing projects like “Centres of Hope” that would be wonderful. Thanks as ever for your support.